My Family

"Life will knock you down. You can choose to stand up again."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Nights

Oh, Joshua! He bought the kids a pool. Then, they had to blow it up and fill it up. I went upstairs onto our high deck and saw that he, Jackson, and Braxton had entered the cold water with their "speedos." Their speedos were simply their shorts pulled up to inappropriate heights! He also bought a fire pit. Who doesn't love smores?! The kids LOVED it!! I look forward to many, many, many more summer nights that look just like this!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bees Game

Oh, how this girl LOVES baseball! It is my happy place. I could sit at a game every single night and never get tired of it. I love everything about it. We are all completely fried this morning, but we had so much fun with Papa and Stephanie yesterday! Luis Jimenez is my favorite Bees player, and he went 4 for 4, so that was even better!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Weekend!

This handsome guy was named the head wrestling coach at Central Davis Junior High School yesterday! He will still coach wrestling and football at Layton High School as well. He is THE best coach.
Happy Weekend! We will be having a very casual open house tomorrow evening at our home. Monday, we plan to go to a Bees game. What could be better? Sitting at a baseball game on a beautiful afternoon... nothing is better than that!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Brooklyn's Graduation

Our beautiful daughter graduated from pre-school last night. The program was short and sweet and she killed it! She looked gorgeous! She has learned so much this year in pre-school. Her teacher, Miss Jennifer, clearly loves her and her classmates and loves teaching. It was a wonderful night! I love her to the moon and back!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Home Life

Last week, I was able to take all five days off of work. We packed up on Monday, moved and married on Tuesday, and then unpacked and made our house our home for the rest of the week. It was H.E.A.V.E.N. Look up that word.. you will see a sneak peek into my week. Promise. I got up each morning and unpacked and cleaned, then planted my whole front yard, went grocery shopping, made dinner each night, did lots and lots of laundry, played with my boys, watched the animals, and listened to the farm sounds that surround us. I was full of gratitude. I still am. The boys are becoming more and more comfortable with their new surroundings. They have daily nerf wars. They have chores. They have time assignments for the gaming systems. Josh has set up like 27 television sets for the gaming systems, pretty sure. They are getting to know some of the neighbors. It's going really, really smoothly. I am so grateful!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Last night, Josh came home and we ate dinner as a family. Then, he told the boys to get their shoes on and go to the backyard. We planted our garden, as a family. Actually, Josh and the boys planted the garden. I weeded and raked. We planted corn, pumpkins, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and raspberries. Can I just tell you that it was heaven on earth? I looked around at them and I counted my blessings, one by one. Do you know how I have yearned for this? I have hoped against hope that this would be my life someday. I hoped against hope that this would be my boys' life. They weren't exactly happy that they had to work for so hard for so long, but in the end, we were all thrilled with the outcome. We can't wait to watch these little plants grow!
After we were done, I headed up to bed. I am working 7-4:30 four days a week and 7-11 on Fridays now. I have to wake up at 5 to get ready and leave the house no later than 6. That's early, People! When I went up to bed, Josh was sitting in the living room with all four boys. I didn't know what they were talking about, and I didn't care. I knew it was their discussion and for that, I was SO grateful. About 30 minutes after I went to bed, Josh came up and whispered in my ear that he and the boys were going to get milk. Ok????? It was like 9:00. When I got up this morning, I saw soda, chocolate milk, and water toys in the kitchen. Milk, yeah right! I text him and told him how grateful I was that he spent father/son time with them and that they know that they are loved. So thankful.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hello, Again

I am sitting in my bedroom, all by myself. It's quiet, except for the cows that are "mooing" and the goat that is telling me all kinds of stories. The birds are quite pleased with their stories also. My boys are helping Uncle Brandon for a few hours tonight and my Brooklyn went home to her mommy a few hours ago. My husband went to play softball. My husband. Oh, how for the first time in my entire life I love saying, "My husband." I love that man. With every ounce of my being, I love that man. He, and the boys, have worked their bums off the last couple of days. Oh, the lifting and the hauling, the driving, and more driving, the laughter and the frustrations. They have worked so hard. I have also worked hard, trying to make our house a home. It's our home now. For two years. Tonight, as my husband and I drove down the street, he asked me if I was happy in our new home. I told him that I was. I do have a little bit of anxiety because I don't know my way around, or how to get to where I need to go. He assured me that I will learn quickly. I asked him if he was happy. He said yes, except that we have to find another home in two years. I agree. We could stay here forever. We agreed that this will be our new home, West Point, or somewhere very, very close to West Point. It is God's country, I tell you. I look out my bedroom window or my kitchen window and I see country. I see animals. I see mountains and land that goes on forever, and I feel safe and whole. This week has been constructive chaos so far. Tomorrow, my husband goes back to work. The boys and I will continue to unpack and settle in. I will lay in my bed, the one I now share with my husband. I will fold his clothes neatly in his drawers. I will pack him a lunch. I will do some laundry. I will take out more garbage, and all the while I will be eternally grateful for this life of mine.

Friday, May 9, 2014

4 Days

This guys is the greatest daddy. He is so invested in each of his five children. He loves them all, individually. It's his greatest responsibility, in his mind. He is fully dedicated to being the best dad he can possibly be. I marvel at him daily.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Little Work Bridal Shower :)

5 Days

Josh loves his family. His extended family is really important to him: his parents, his siblings, his grandma... He loves to spend time with them and be there for them. I find this to be very important! He takes such good care of his grandma, who isn't doing well. We love spending time with this extended family during the holidays. He is also great to my family: my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Love this guy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

6 Days

This guys loves sports. So do I. He loves to play. He loves to coach. He loves to play with our kids. He loves to coach our kids. My dad always wondered why I didn't date guys who loved sports as much as I do. That was a brilliant question! I love, love, love going and supporting him when he plays and when he coaches. He is SO good at what he does. He is a natural when it comes to coaching kids. I love that he is so involved in coaching!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

7 Days!

Josh is all about family time and new adventures. He is always seeking out new things for us to experience, new ways to experience them, and ways to incorporate the entire family into activities. When he played football, which was up until this year, we were able to travel just a little bit to different away games. This made it easier for us to experience new places and new things. Now, he is just always asking the kids what they would like to see and where they would like to go. I learned a couple of weeks ago that this "love language" is quality time. This was no surprise to me! He lives for time with his family, having fun, laughing, enjoying each other, and learning new things.